simoom simoon (sɪˈmuːn) noun
- a strong suffocating sand-laden wind of the deserts of Arabia and North AfricaAlso called: samiel
Word Origin for simoom from Arabic samūm poisonous, from sam poison, from Aramaic sammā poison Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Related Words for simoom, , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for simoom Historical Examples of simoom
But I’d as lief encounter a West India hurricane or a simoom.
This was soon after; and along with the morning light had come the cessation of the simoom.
This great domain of the simoom has every diversity of surface.
Jewett Castello Gilson
I dare not face it, any more than I would the blast of the simoom.
Captain Mayne Reid
Indeed, every appearance warranted me in apprehending a Simoom.
Edgar Allan Poe
Word Origin and History for simoom n.
“hot, dry desert wind,” 1790, from Arabic samum “a sultry wind,” literally “poisonous,” from samma “he poisoned,” from sam “poison.”
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